Accordance Blog
Nov 9, 2017 Richard Mansfield

Accordance Mobile for Android: Open Beta!

Accordance Mobile for Android Over the past year or so, nearly every day I've responded to Accordance users on our forums, our various social media venues or in private messages and conversations asking me when our long-promised Android version of Accordance Mobile will be ready. While our Android version has taken longer than we had hoped, along the way, many have asked if we could even release just a reader for Android so that Accordance users could have access to their Accordance Library on their favorite non-Apple mobile phones and tablets.

Of course, we’re not satisfied simply to release a reader for Android; but rather than ask our users to wait even one day longer, we have now released our Accordance Mobile Android Open Beta! Although this release of Accordance Mobile for Android is an early beta release, it is definitely more than just a reader. As described in the Accordance User Forums yesterday, this 1.0 beta release comes with the following Major features:

  • Display of Texts
  • Searching of Texts
  • Grammatical and Key Number searching of Texts
  • Split Panes for Texts, showing a Text or Reference Tool
  • Display of Tools
  • Searching of Tools
  • Easy Install
  • Library Access to files
  • Text and Tool Display choices
  • Goto interface, via a grid or list
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Of course, not everything is in place yet. In version 1.1 of the beta, we plan to add the following features:

  • Selection of text
  • Hyperlinks
  • Pictures
  • Instant Details
  • User Notes
  • Amplification

Now, you’re free to hold out for the final, non-beta release of Accordance Mobile for Android, which will be available sometime in 2018; but if you don’t want to wait any longer, we’d love to have you help us out! Go to Joel Brown’s forum post from yesterday, “Welcome to the Android Open Beta!” to download the current build. New builds will be posted in the Android Open Beta forum, so check back often.

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Just remember that this is beta software. That means not everything will work yet, there will be bugs, and there will be crashes. But you can help us speed development along by posting any issues you encounter in our Android Open Beta forum as well as any suggestions and constructive criticism.

Mac, iOS, Windows, and Android. Now you can truly take Accordance with you wherever you want to go!

 

Aug 23, 2017 Ricardo Yaka

Sincronizando con Dropbox (Syncing with Dropbox)

En este video veremos cómo sincronizar el contenido de usuario en Accordance con Dropbox. Primero, veremos como hacerlo en una computadora y luego en un dispositivo iOS.

[In this video we’ll see how to sync the user content in Accordance with Dropbox. First, we’ll see how to do this on a computer, then on an iOS device.]

 

Aug 3, 2017 Ricardo Yaka

Sincronizar con Wi-Fi [Sync using Wi-Fi]

En este video veremos cómo sincronizar el contenido de Accordance entre una computadora y un dispositivo iOS usando Wi-Fi.


[In this video we will see how to sync the content in Accordance between a computer and an iOS device using Wi-Fi.]

 

Jun 30, 2017 Ricardo Yaka

Instalando Accordance - iOS (Installing Accordance - iOS)

En este video veremos cómo instalar Accordance en un dispositivo iOS.

[In this video we will see how to install Accordance on an iOS device.]

 

Jun 15, 2017 Ricardo Yaka

Configuraciones de inicio de Accordance - iOS [Accordance Settings on iOS]

En este video veremos cuándo usar la configuración de inicio de Accordance en los dispositivos iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch). Estos pasos pueden ayudarnos cuando tengamos problemas con Accordance en el dispositivo.

[In this video we will see when to use the Accordance Startup settings on iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch). These steps can help us when we have issues with Accordance on the device.]

Download Accordance Mobile for iOS.

 

Apr 19, 2017 Richard Mansfield

Updated x 2! Accordance 12.0.6 for Win/Mac & Accordance Mobile 2.5.3

Accordance 12 Update

This week, we’ve seen the release of updates to both Accordance 12 (Win/Mac), as well as Accordance Mobile (iOS). Check out the details below.

Accordance 12.0.6 for Windows and Mac

In addition to some much-needed bug fixes, the following changes have been added to the program:

  • Added a Safe Mode option to clean up all installed fonts across the system (Mac-only).
  • Info Pane titles and Research verse results now use the native book name if desired.
  • Reporting a Correction now includes the accord:// URL to the location of the error.
  • Attempting to delete a Paper item with hidden sublevels now triggers a warning.
  • Improved the selection of Paper items that contain only an automatic hyperlink.
  • Updated help files.

Regarding that first bullet, with the release of 12.0.5, we updated our internal Greek font to better accommodate some very specialized sigla in the Göttingen Septuagint. For some longtime Mac Accordance users, this created a conflict between the new font and old copies that may have remained on the hard drive in other locations. Now, with the release of 12.0.6, there is a new Safe Mode feature that will clean up these older fonts rather than the user having to fix the issue manually.

12.0.6 Safe Mode

If you’re experiencing Greek text that does not appear correctly in Accordance for the Mac, hold down the Option key when you start Accordance, which will bring up the Accordance Safe Mode options. Check the box to “Clean up installed fonts” and then press the Launce Accordance button.

If you have Accordance 12.0 through 12.0.5 and haven't done so already, you can get Accordance 12.0.6 for free by running “Check for App Update” on the Accordance menu on the Mac or the Utilities menu in Windows.

To see everything new since last November, see our “New Features Since 12.0” page.


Accordance Mobile 2.5.3

Accordance Mobile 2.5.3 Released

Also, not be missed is the release of the Accordance Mobile 2.5.3 update. Although primarily a bug fix, this update addresses crashes that some users on older devices were experiencing after updating to iOS 10.3. This update should take care of those issues. Specifically, 2.5.3 fixes the crash when tapping for Instant Details.

If you already have Accordance Mobile for iOS, and your apps are set to automatically update, you may already have v. 2.5.3 on your iPhone or iPad. If not, download it from the iOS App Store.

For more information about Accordance Mobile, see our "Details of the Mobile App" page.

 

Mar 30, 2017 Richard Mansfield

Updated! Accordance Mobile 2.5

Accordance Mobile 2.5 update Just released! Get or Update to Accordance Mobile 2.5 for iOS with Active Highlighting and Scrollable Text Selection!

In response to user requests, highlighting texts has been drastically improved. Now you can tap the highlight icon and simply drag over the text to add highlighting. At the bottom of the screen? No problem--just keep dragging and Accordance Mobile keeps up!

What's new?

  • Added Active Highlighting support
  • Added Scrollable Text Selection support
  • Bug Fixes and Performance Improvements

Accordance Mobile 2.5 icon If you already have Accordance Mobile for iOS, and your apps are set to automatically update, you may already have v. 2.5 on your iPhone or iPad. You can tell by the new icon with the red background. If not, download it from the iOS App Store.

For more information about Accordance Mobile, see our "Details of the Mobile App" page.

 

May 2, 2016 Richard Mansfield

Accordance Mobile Basic Training, Part 1

In the previously recorded webinar, learn how to install Accordance Mobile and customize it to your liking in the Preferences. This webinar also covers the basic interface features as well as the Online Store.

Taking part in our free Accordance Webinars is easy. Check out our Webinars page for more information or to sign up. See you online!

 

Apr 18, 2016 Richard Mansfield

The Power of Accordance Mobile with iOS Split View

Presentation iOS Split View

Our release of Accordance Mobile 2.3 in February was a major update that took full advantage of new iOS 9 features. One of the major updates we featured was iOS Split View that allows Accordance to run side-by-side with another app on the devices that can support this.*

Split View In February, I showed off a screenshot of Accordance Mobile on the left and the Mellel word processor on the right. In Mellel, I displayed a paper I wrote years ago for a class (click or tap the image to the right to see a larger view) as a kind of "proof of concept" for how a a user might employ Split View. Using Accordance in Split View with word processing programs such as Mellel and Microsoft Word or note-taking apps like Evernote and Apple’s Notes seemed like a natural combination. And of course, it is.

Just recently, Clay Norwood, pastor of Superior Avenue Baptist Church in Bogalusa, Louisiana, told me of how he uses Accordance and Evernote in Split View for his sermon preparation:

I have really enjoyed doing my commentary work in Accordance using the new split screen feature.  It is great having the Scripture text and a commentary open alongside of Evernote.  Sections of the commentary that might be useful in outlining or drafting a sermon are easily copied and pasted into Evernote.  The iPad Pro (12.9") provides ample screen space for both Accordance and Evernote.

Norwood's Split View

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Clay Norwood's sermon prep in Split View.

Regular readers of the Accordance Blog know that those of us who work for Accordance, perhaps more importantly, are users of Accordance ourselves. In recent weeks, I’ve discovered a couple of other ways that Accordance Mobile can be used in Split View, which I’d like to share with you.

I’ve been using Keynote on an iPad to teach an adult Bible study at my church since 2010. I use Lifeway’s Explore the Bible curriculum and prepare slides each week with content combined from their leader materials and my own study of the passage in Accordance. Keynote has been my teaching tool of choice because, until recently, it was the only presentation tool I could find on the iPad that had a true Presenter View that displayed both the current slide and my teaching notes while projecting the slide alone on the external screen. Last year, Microsoft released PowerPoint for the iPad that also has a Presenter View.

Once Accordance worked in iOS 9’s Split View, I had a thought: What if I could put Accordance in Split View with Keynote? That way I could have access to the biblical text, my personal notes that I’ve added to Accordance, and the Presenter View in Keynote. At first, I had difficulty getting it to work. Although I could get Accordance on the left and Keynote on the right in Split View, I couldn’t get Keynote to project to the screen by itself. Then I decided to switch the side each app was displayed. Voila! It worked once Keynote was on the left. Although I would prefer Accordance to be on the left, Keynote would only project if it was in what iOS considers the primary application pane—the one that is on the left side.

PowerPoint - Accordance Mobile split view

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PowerPoint and Accordance Mobile in Split View.

I decided to see if PowerPoint would do this, too. So, I exported my Keynote file to PowerPoint and it worked like a charm. I also discovered that PowerPoint has a much nicer Presenter View (PowerPoint is shown in the images in this blog post). I hope that Apple will update the Presenter View in Keynote; but if not, I may have to give PowerPoint another try after abandoning it well over a decade ago.

All pastors and teachers should take note of this. This kind of split screen functionality for presentation software is something I cannot replicate on a traditional laptop because going into presentation mode in either Keynote or PowerPoint takes over the entire screen. I can only do this on my iPad. In Keynote or PowerPoint, a pastor could have a sermon text or outline in presenter notes adjacent to the current slide while using Accordance to display a biblical text plus a parallel text, personal notes, or commentary--all on one iPad screen. Classroom teachers could make use of this kind of setup as well.

Speaking of teaching Bible studies, it’s rare that I get to sit in on someone else lead a study, but I so greatly enjoy doing so when I get the chance. A few weeks ago, we were visiting family back home, and I decided to sit in on an old friend’s Bible study class. To my surprise, he was also using Lifeway’s Explore the Bible curriculum. Since I already had all the lessons in PDF format on my iPad in GoodReader, I simply put Accordance on one side of the screen, and the Sunday School lesson on the other side. I was even able to use my Apple Pencil to take a few handwritten notes on the lesson PDF.

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Accordance Mobile and the Bible study lesson in Split View.

This was a bit of a revelation, too. If I were regularly taking part in a class like this, Split View really creates an ideal learning experience. Although the number of iPad models that can support Split View are limited at the moment,* I assume every new iPad released in the future will support it. What a great way for participants in a learning setting to make use of both Accordance and third party curriculum!

What about you? Have you discovered new ways to use Accordance thanks to Split View or other new features in iOS 9? If so, feel free to share them in the comments, or email me at [email protected] along with a screenshot, and perhaps I will feature your idea in a future blog post.


*Note: Currently, Split View is only available on iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, and iPad Mini 4.

 

Mar 9, 2016 Richard Mansfield

Accordance Mobile 2.3.1 Released

Accordance Mobile has been updated to version 2.3.1. This release is a minor update to Accordance 2.3, released a month ago.

Accordance Mobile 2.3.1 now allows audio to play when the device is on vibrate/silent, enabling users to listen to audio without distractions from other sounds (i.e. notification sounds). The update includes other bug fixes and performance improvements.

If your iOS device is set to automatically update, you may already have v. 2.3.1. Otherwise, open up the iOS App Store to download.

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If you've not discovered Accordance Mobile yet, click on the icon below to download your free copy. Fill out the registration form after downloading and receive a free Accordance Mobile Starter Collection.

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